Alan McAlister > Cleaver Fulton Rankin > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Property, construction and procurement, PFI/PPP projects, landlord and tenant, buying and selling property.


Alan is a partner/director working in the firm’s commercial property department. He has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of commercial law although nowadays he specialises in commercial property both contentious and non-contentious and contractual advices. Alan has been practising law for over 25 years and is an articulate and approachable solicitor who has a creative attitude when it comes to solving client issues. He has advised a number of the largest construction companies in Northern Ireland on construction contract issues and is a good person to turn to for advice regarding the tender process and procurement matters.


John Johnson & Son, Belfast, solicitor 1981-89; J C Taylor & Co Belfast, partner 1989-2000; McGrigors Belfast, partner 2000-12; Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Belfast, partner 2012 to date.


Law Society of Northern Ireland ; Co-opted member of the Library and Information Management Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.


The Queens College, Oxford BA Hons in Jurisprudence; Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University Belfast; Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland 1981.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is home to ‘one of the most respected teams in Northern Ireland‘, with broad sector coverage that includes the industrial, education, leisure, and residential sectors. The department has a particularly strong reputation in retail, where clients include Primark, River Island, and Home Bargains. Team leader Joe Marley has additional experience in the energy & renewables and telecommunications sectors. Marley frequently works closely with Kathryn Collie, who has a history of complex real estate transactions. Alan McAlister shares this focus on non-contentious matters, and advises on construction issues.